Kick Off the Biggest Event in HBCU Football When You Attend This Concert on Thursday

Each year, the Southern Heritage Classic presented by FedEx is one of the most anticipated HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) football classics in the country. This year, kick off the annual event in style with a concert featuring Gladys Knight and Jeffrey Osborne on September 12th at Orpheum Theatre!

Since 1990, thousands of fans have gathered at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis to see long-time rival football teams at Jackson State University and Tennessee State University battle for bragging rights and for the victory. Still, after 25 years, the Classic’s star continues to shine brightly. When the Southern Heritage Classic celebrates its 30th anniversary on September 12th in Memphis at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Tennessee State University and Jackson State University will continue their traditional rivalry.

Southern Heritage Classic kicks off with a concert featuring Gladys Knight and Jeffrey Osborne on September 12, followed by the Classic Music Festival on September 13. Tennessee State will take on Jackson State on September 14th at 6 pm.

The great ones endure, and Gladys Knight has long been one of the greatest. Very few singers over the last fifty years have matched her unassailable artistry. This seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance.

Jeffrey Osborne began his professional singing career in 1969 with a popular funk and soul group called Love Men Ltd. The band moved to Los Angeles in 1970 and changed its name to L.T.D. Osborne was originally brought on as the drummer and eventually became the lead vocalist. After more than ten years with the band, he decided to pursue a solo career, which produced such Top 40 hits as "Don't You Get So Mad," "Stay With Me Tonight," and a duet with Dionne Warwick, "Love Power." He has continued to tour and record through the 2010s.

Celebrate 30 years of the Southern Heritage Classic with a legendary concert featuring Gladys Knight and Jeffrey Osborne! Admission ranges from $68 to $128. For tickets, visit or

At Appling Lakes Apartments in Cordova, Tennessee, it is important to us that our residents have a well-balanced social life while residing in our community. You can take a break from your normal day-to-day when you attend this event!

Event Time/Date:
Thursday, September 12, 2019—8:00 PM

Event Venue Location:
Orpheum Theatre
203 South Main Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38103

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